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Pets and Volunteering: Surprising Connections

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It would come as no surprise if this Along the Web started with the statement: “Pets are an integral part of our lives.” Animal lovers have always known about the bonds between humans and pets (although many suspect that beloved pets knew this well before anyone else). What may come as a surprise, though, are the number of volunteer opportunities available for pets and their human companions. In this issue of Along the Web, Erick Lear introduces readers to this trending topic – a topic that has spurred the inclusion of many pet-friendly policies in corporate America and also the emerging field of veterinary social work.